Autumn weather may seem far off now, but the fall air will arrive in Northern California before we know it. When the seasons change, it's time to prepare your HVAC system to keep you comfortable while indoors. Regular, proper HVAC maintenance and heating services will help you ensure that you're getting the best possible value and performance from your heating and cooling systems year-round.

Get your heating and air conditioning system ready for fall with these four tips from our experienced heating and air company, Spoor's Heating & Air Conditioning. Need heating repair service? Contact us today to schedule services for all your HVAC needs.

HVAC Prep Tips For Fall

Test Your Systems In Advance

Throughout the warmer months, your heating system likely sat unused. As the air becomes cooler, it's a good idea to test your heating systems before they are in constant use. A good way to test your system is to set your thermostat a few degrees higher than the indoor temperature to engage the system. Next, determine the amount of time your system requires to meet the preset temperature. If your system works as expected, be sure to test it a couple of times to ensure it is reliable. But if your system takes too long, if it doesn't turn on, or if it's not able to achieve the required heat, then you should contact your HVAC technician right away for service.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

No matter what type of HVAC system you have, it needs a little seasonal TLC. The best way to do this is to schedule HVAC maintenance, particularly heating system maintenance, with us. During your checkup, our technicians thoroughly inspect your heating system or furnace and make necessary adjustments to ensure your system operates correctly and efficiently. Not only does routine maintenance ensure your system runs at its full potential, but it also helps extend the functional lifespan of your HVAC unit. What's more, scheduling professional maintenance for your system can help you avoid heating emergencies and unexpected repairs and replacements.

Check Your Air Filters

Cooler weather means spending much of our time indoors, and clean air filters can help us breathe easier. Unfortunately, dirty, clogged filters can cause significant problems for your HVAC system. It can prevent your system from adequately and efficiently heating your home when you need it most. Regularly clean or replace your HVAC unit's filters about once per month and always during the change of seasons. This routine can help you reduce allergens and airborne pathogens, improving your home's overall indoor air quality. Contact us today for filter recommendations and to schedule indoor air quality service.

Check For Drafts

Windows and doors with drafts or air leaks allow heated air to escape your home and cold air to penetrate your indoor spaces, ultimately costing you more to stay warm indoors. Inspect the weather stripping and caulking on each entryway and window and replace any that are broken, cracked, or improperly installed or poorly functioning. If some rooms of your home feel warmer or cooler than others, it may be a sign that your windows and/or doors are improperly sealed. Leaks in your ductwork are likewise among the most common causes of high utility bills and inadequate heating. Contact us to learn more about getting the most from your HVAC system.